Child Life Department team Halloween photo
Back Row (L to R): Tara Young, Dena Sterns, Melanie Mercurio, Deb King, Brianne Smith, Ashley Fady (intern), McKenzie Mattison
Front Row (L to R): Micalene Schwartz, Kerstin Ford, Kersten Zwierlein, Sue Mirabella

Tara Young, CCL
Covers: Same Day Surgery
Education: BA in Psychology
Began Working at OCH: 1992
Fun fact: Disney addict *o*
 
Dena Sterns, MS, CCLS
Covers: Days in Radiology
Education: BS in Psychology - Child Life from Utica College; MS in Executive Leadership & Change from Daemen College
Began Working at OCH: 1986
Fun Fact: Likes nature and hiking
 
Melanie Mercurio, BS, CCLS
Covers: Days on a medical/surgical pediatric inpatient unit
Education: BS in Psychology - Child Life from Utica College
Began Working at OCH: 2015
Fun Fact: Loves to incorporate therapeutic messy play into her practice
 
Deb King, BS, CCLS
Covers:  Days on a medical/surgical pediatric inpatient unit
Education: BS In Psychology from University of Iowa
Began Working at OCH: 1998
Fun Fact: Collects antique marbles and loves walking her crazy dog, Jax!
 
Brianne Smith, MS, CCLS
Covers: Evenings in the Emergency Department
Education: BS in Psychology/Child Life from Utica College; MS in Literacy from the College of Saint Rose
Began Working at OCH: April 2013
Fun Fact: Cat lover and nail polish addict
 
McKenzie Mattison, CCLS, LMSW
Manager, Volunteer and Family Services
Education: BA in Health and Human Services, Early Childhood from the University at Buffalo (2006), minor in sociology, Masters of Social Work from the University at Buffalo (2012)
Began Working at OCH: September 2006
Fun Fact: Rode a bike down a volcano in Hawaii
 
Micalene Schwartz, BS, CCLS
Covers: Oncology/Hematology and Epilepsy Monitoring Units
Education: BS in Child and Family Development, Emphasis in Child Life from Georgia Southern University
Began Working at OCH: April 2019
Fun fact: Southern girl that loves hiking and adventures
 
Kerstin Ford, MS, CCLS
Covers: Days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Education: MS in Family and Consumer Science/ Child Life- Illinois State University
Began Working at OCH: May 2019
Fun Fact: I swam for Illinois State University and now I am a powerlifter
 
Kersten Zwierlein, BS, CCLS
Covers:
Evenings in the Emergency Department
Education: BS in Psychology from the University at Buffalo
Began Working at OCH: August 2017
Fun Fact: Is a Disney fanatic and was a cheerleader for 17 years
 
Sue Mirabella, CCLS
Covers: Entertainment, Donations, Healing Arts Coordinator
Education: MS in Special Education from Buffalo State College
Began working at OCH: January 1984
Background: Preschool Special Education Teacher, OCH Early Childhood Program (1984-2009)
Fun Fact: Began collecting door to door cash donations for OCH Variety Club Telethon at the age of eight

 

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